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Iraq / Helicopter Downing / Gergen Interview #741133

CNN Evening News for Sunday, Nov 02, 2003
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(Studio: Carol Lin) Report introduced.

(Al Amiriyah, Iraq: Jane Arraf) The crash near Fallujah of a US Army helicopter, possibly shot down by a missile, featured; details given about the surge of violence in Fallujah; scenes shown of the helicopter wreckage and of a bombed vehicle in which American contractors were killed. [US administrator in Iraq Paul BREMER – says the enemies of freedom are using more sophisticated techniques.] [Iraqi MAN {thru translator} – says the Americans have turned into occupiers.]

(Studio: Carol Lin) Characteristics of the Chinook CH-47 helicopter outlined. Map of the US base camps of many of the soldiers on the helicopter shown. [Ft. Carson PAO Lt. Col. Thomas BUDZYNA†- explains that many of the men were heading home for R&R.] The confirmation that S/Sgt. Paul Velazquez†† was one of the men killed noted.

(Ft. Sill, Oklahoma: Tim Sakahara) The reaction at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, to the deaths of the US soldiers in the helicopter downing featured.

(Studio: Carol Lin) Report introduced.

(Dallas: Ed Lavandera) The reaction of troops arriving home for R&R to today’s casualties featured; scenes shown of homecomings in Dallas. [US SOLDIER, PFC Jeremiah FLETCHER†, Sgt. Alexandria MAYFIELD†– react.]

(Studio: Carol Lin) Report introduced.

(Crawford, Texas: Suzanne Malveaux) The White House reaction to the deadliest day in Iraq since President Bush declared major combat over on May 1 featured; statement from White House spokesman Trent Duffy† quoted; details given of the call for increased use of Iraqis for security and improved intelligence. [BREMER – comments on the loss of American & Iraqi lives in the war on terrorism.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – comments on the availability of surface-to-air missiles.] [Senator Joe BIDEN†- says we may need more American forces in Iraq in the short run.] [US SOLDIER – reacts to the loss of more soldiers.]

(Studio: Carol Lin) House passage of Bush’s 87 billion dollar request for rebuilding Iraq noted. Taped interview held with former presidential adviser David Gergen† about the race against time for the US in Iraq. [In Boston, GERGEN – says we’re not making progress fast enough in the whole country; states the security situation is deteriorating; outlines choices to bring the situation under control within the next three months; comments on Bush’s level of control.]

Lin, Carol;
Arraf, Jane;
Sakahara, Tim;
Lavandera, Ed;
Malveaux, Suzanne

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